Technological and Applied Studies (TAS)

Mr Jon Hawthorne
TAS Coordinator

Teachers in the Technological & Applied Studies Key Learning Area at O’Connor Catholic College are committed to fostering students’ sense of personal achievement and abilities to:

  • understand technology through critical thinking and aesthetic appreciation,
  • apply technology responsibly, respecting our need for environmental sustainability, and
  • humanise technology through co-operation, sharing, patience and tolerance.

Stage 4 Technology (Mandatory)

Year 7
Currently the four Technology classes in Year 7 rotate each Term to experience Technology through different contexts.
‘Home Tweet Home’ Wood Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing and evaluating their own birdbox design using timber technologies. They identify the factors that affect the design of birdboxes and investigate the environmental and associated issues. Students use a range of methods to generate and communicate design ideas and further develop communication and presentation techniques.

‘Boxers’ Textiles Technologies. This unit of work involves students in designing, producing, marketing and evaluating their own pair of boxer shorts/pajama pants/board shorts using textile technologies.

‘Sheep & Wool’ Agriculture Technologies To introduce students to sheep handling and animal care and to encourage students to interact with one of the major local rural industries.

‘My Restaurant Rules’ Model-Making Technologies. This unit of work requires students to design, plan and construct a model of their ultimate café or restaurant, creating zones for all needs. Students are encouraged to use an era of time or theme as inspiration.

Year 8
Currently there are four Technology classes in Yr 8, which rotate every term to experience Technology through a different context.

‘Toy World’ Mixed Material Technologies Students will develop a toy for a pre-school aged child. This unit aims to develop practical skills, an appreciation of the need for a folio detailing the project, and the opportunity for individual expression by each student.

‘Picture Perfect’ Information Communication Technologies. Students design, produce and evaluate a cushion cover that tells a story ‘about ME’ or someone special in their life using a variety of fabric decoration techniques including photo transfer.

‘Cyberfood’ Media & Food Technologies students undertake a series of food technology tasks to generate images and recipes for their recipe web site. Media technologies are used to capture images of the completed healthy foods and these are downloaded into the designed web page using KEYNOTE.

‘Sustainable Mechanics’ Control Technologies. Using Lego Dacta, students to design and construct a number of different projects including a simple geared machine that can be combined with a sustainable energy

Stage 5
Stage 5 gives students the opportunity to choose TAS subjects that are of interest, at which they excel as well as being of value to later career choices.

Subjects offered in Stage 5 include:

Design & Technology
Throughout Stage 5 students will design manufacture and evaluate products that will meet a specific need. These will involve working in plastics, metals as well as wood to design stools, clocks and mobile phone holders.

Textiles Technology
Projects in Year 9 include non-apparel products such as a backpack, an art quilt and hand dyed hippie pants as well as the study of basic sewing skills, decorative techniques of appliqué, fibre classification, the study of natural, knitted, woven and non woven fabrics

Food Technology
The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life.
Students develop practical skills in preparing and presenting food that will enable them to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment.



Agriculture Technology
Agriculture Technology in Year 9 covers animal anatomy, preparation of cattle and birds for show, cattle leading techniques, knots, public speaking, presentation of self, compete in junior competitions at District Shows.

This School Developed Board Endorsed Course is an attempt to provide an innovative and imaginative curriculum which will inspire students to take up the challenge of a career in Technology or Engineering.
The course covers a number of modules in the fields of technology and engineering, including: Engineering Fundamentals, Aerodynamics, Motion, Mechatronics and the Major Research Project.
Individual modules provide specific content related to CNC, mechatronics, aerodynamics, computer controlled machining, computer integrated manufacture, product modelling and testing which will be developed in the key areas of; Skills, Technologies, Engineering Principles and Processes and Mechanics.

Stage 6
The practical nature of Stage 6 TAS subjects allows students to specialise in subjects for which they have a particular talent as well as often making a significant contribution to post HSC study or a career.

These subjects include:
Design & Technology
Textiles & Design

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